Luckiest Girl Alive: Book Review


It’s official, Massachusetts got our first real snow of the year this past weekend thanks to Winter Storm Helena. My Lola girl loved it and I am not going to complain about it, because it allowed me to stay inside almost all weekend doing what I love: reading and baking. I was able to finally finish Luckiest Girl Alive, which has been sitting on my nightstand for far too long. Here are my thoughts.


Title: Luckiest Girl Alive
Author: Jessica Knoll
Genre: Mystery
Publication Date: 2015
Rating: ★★


Her Perfect Life Is a Perfect Lie Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: a glamorous job at a glossy magazine, an enviable figure with the wardrobe to match, and a handsome fiancé from a distinguished blue-blood family. But Ani FaNelli is an invention, that veneer of perfection carefully assembled in an attempt to distance herself from a shocking, sordid past. As her wedding draws near, a documentary producer invites Ani to speak about the chilling incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Badley School. Determined once and for all to silence the whispers of suspicion and blame, Ani must weigh her options carefully, when telling the whole truth could destroy the picture-perfect life she’s worked so hard to create. With a singular voice and a twist you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the deep-seated desire to fit in and the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all”. Ani FaNelli is a complex and vulnerable heroine – one whose sharp edges protect a truth that will move, scandalize, and surprise you.


I picked up this book because it was compared to other major thrillers that I have loved in the past…and while this was a good and easy read, it was nothing like them. I didn’t actually find it interesting until the last part of the book when you find out the major life changing experience that Ani is referring to in her modern day narration. Here are a few reasons why I wouldn’t rank this book the best:

  1. too many controversial topics brought up but not covered to the extent that I would like
  2. narration switches that are not always easy to follow
  3. main character is not easily relatable

I have read that this is based off an experience that Jessica Knoll had and I would have liked this so much better if it was told in a different format. But if you’re into an easy read that keeps you thinking definitely give this one a read. It will keep you wondering what happened in the past that made Ani the way she is.


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